Just a short time ago, it seems, we rolled in a New Year, and here we are, closing it out. December seems to come quickly, always serving as a reminder that another year will soon be upon us, and that time is ever-so-fleeting.
As time flies, so does the snow, and though we haven’t had any record-breaking snowfalls yet, we’ve had enough to cast the North Shore in winter charm. Lutsen Mountains has opened for the season, lakes have frozen over, and brave winter enthusiasts have taken to the ice, the slopes and the ski trails in search of that winter high.
Though the nights are still getting longer, the Christmas lights are hung around town, and holiday spirit glows wherever we turn. We slid into the holiday spirit ourselves, here at Northern Wilds. It started with Kelsey Roseth’s idea about designing a holiday menu based on favorite recipes from Northern Wilds staff and writers. At the same time, I had been asking our writers for their favorite book suggestions for winter reading, and it quickly evolved into a winter reading list. Then we came up with a story about making holiday ornaments from nature—voilá—a Northern Wilds holiday evolved.
But the issue isn’t just about us. We bring you excerpts from Eric Chandler’s blog about his summer resolution to run the entire Superior Hiking Trail for a cause, and Joseph Friedrich’s piece about the history of the Gunflint Trail post office. Kim Falter gives us tips on healthy holiday eating and Joan Farnam writes about Eleanor Waha, a Grand Marais icon, who never runs out of energy.
Whether you celebrate Solstice, Hanukkah or Christmas, December is a magical time, the end of one year and the dawn of another, a time to be with family and friends and the stories we hold dear.
From all of us at Northern Wilds, we wish you a joyful holiday season and that the magic of winter holds you in her spell.—Erin Altemus